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Hitman World of Assassination

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This page is for the 2021 original third entry in the World of Assassination trilogy, later became World of Assassination. For the third main Hitman game from 2004, see Hitman: Contracts.

Hitman World of Assassination
Hitman World of Assassination cover
IO Interactive
Mi'pu'mi Games[1]
IO Interactive
Retail Square Enix[2]
Glacier 2
Release dates
Windows January 20, 2021
Metacritic 87
OpenCritic 85
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Stealth
Series Hitman
Hitman World of Assassination on HowLongToBeat
Hitman World of Assassination on IGDB
Hitman World of Assassination on MobyGames
Hitman World of Assassination on Wikipedia
Hitman: Codename 47 2000
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 2002
Hitman: Contracts 2004
Hitman: Blood Money 2006
Hitman: Sniper Challenge 2012
Hitman: Absolution 2012
Hitman GO 2015
Hitman 2016
Hitman 2 2018
Hitman World of Assassination 2021

Hitman World of Assassination (previously named Hitman 3) is the eighth main game in the Hitman series. It was originally the third and final game in the World of Assassination trilogy, but on January 26, 2023 it became Hitman World of Assassination. Compared to Hitman 2, the game features ray-raced reflections, ray-traced shadows, reworked foliage, improved cloth simulation, reduced bloom intensity (which could look overblown previously), improved and more deliberate usage of screen space reflection, higher resolution render-to-texture reflections for mirrors, improved god-rays, many bugfixes, DLSS 2.4, DLSS Frame Generation, FSR 2.1 and XeSS.

Compared to Hitman 2, the game is missing the smoke effects on explosions (replaced mostly with a bright bloom effect) and has reduced fire effects complexity.[3][4][5][6] The game also inherits some downgrades introduced in Hitman 2 compared to Hitman: the reduced quality of Hitman's pre-rendered cutscenes (visibly heavier compressed)[7], heavily reduced/simplified destruction physics animations and heavily reduced and even missing smoke effects (especially visible when explosions occur and when looking at the signal flares at the Marrakesh level.)[8][9][10]

Compared to the install sizes (including all DLC and legacy packs) of both previous entries Hitman (68.34 GB) and Hitman 2 (149.62 GB), Hitman World of Assassination (67.21 GB) uses LZ4 compression and de-duplication of data compared to the previous entries (possible due to its previous episodic nature) to reduce its install size massively, while retaining the same graphical quality, performance compared to Hitman 2 and including all content from the two previous entries.[11][12]

The game requires a constant internet connection for some features to work properly (Contracts mode, Challenge progression and Freelancer mode). The game makes a distinction between online and offline saves; online saves cannot be loaded while offline, and offline saves loaded while online will put the game into offline mode.[13]

The game was renamed to Hitman World of Assassination with all content from Hitman and base game content from Hitman 2 becoming free for all players of the game on January 26, 2023.[14] Additionally, owners of Hitman 2 Expansion Pass will no longer receive HITMAN 3 Access Pass: HITMAN 2 Expansion (Hitman 2 DLC) as the location importing functionality has been disabled. If it wasn't already imported into Hitman World of Assassination before January 26, 2023, it will have to be purchased again as part of the World of Assassination Deluxe Pack or separately in the in-game store.[15]

General information

Official forum
Official support threads


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Launcher
Europe only; download code only, no disc included.[16]
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
Epic Games Launcher
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM Free when a shortcut is made directly to the executable, with these commands being appended to the Target URL.[17]. Offline mode has very limited functionality; only access to levels and settings is provided, with online functionality (achievements, Elusive Targets, Freelancer, Escalations, etc.) being disabled; There are mods that can alleviate this issue, however.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
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Choice to buy Steam (incorrectly lists macOS and Linux compatibility[18]) or Epic Games Store version.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
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Version differences

Hitman World of Assassination includes all game content from Hitman, while also including all base game content from both Hitman 2 and Hitman 3.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
World of Assassination Deluxe Pack Includes Hitman 3 Deluxe Pack, Hitman 3 Seven Deadly Sins Collection and HITMAN 2 Premium Content. One-third price reduction for each of these three pieces of content the user already owns.[14]
Street Art Pack Cosmetics and weapon pack.
Makeshift Pack Cosmetics, suit and weapon pack.
Free Starter Pack Experience the start of the World of Assassination trilogy for free. Begin your journey as an initiate and meet your handler at the training facility to become an Agent of the ICA.
The Sarajevo Six Previously PS4 exclusive campaign ported over to all platforms.
The Trinity Pack Formerly pre-order bonus cosmetic, suit and weapon pack DLC.
The Undying Pack Contains one premium Elusive Target Arcade contract; The Ouroboros, starring Sean Bean. Also contains a suit, Freelancer safehouse cosmetics, and three Undying-themed weapons.
Individual DLC's can be disabled in the DLC/Addons menu on both the Epic Games Store and Steam, but these render them unusable in-game and does not uninstall those parts of the game from the disk, as was the case in Hitman 2.
Game Progress (gear unlocks, location mastery, etc.) can be imported from Hitman 2 on Steam to Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store, though this can only be done once.[19]

Essential improvements

Skip launcher

Use the -skip_launcher command line argument

Skip intro

Use the Simple Mod Framework, which has an option to skip intro in its Information menu (disabled by default)
Download the separate Skip Intro mod for your game build[citation needed]
Use ZHMModSDK's own SkipIntro mod[citation needed]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IO Interactive\HITMAN3
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1659040/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %APPDATA%\IO Interactive\Epic\<user-id>\HITMAN3
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1659040\remote\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\IOInteractiveAS.PC-HITMAN3-BaseGame_6h0y724g59e1w\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1659040/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud
Save games carry over from Cloud to PC Game Pass


External graphics settings.
External graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be changed via cheat table: FOV Changer
Can also be changed with Custom FOV mod (Requires Simple Mod Framework.)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Labeled Fullscreen in the options. Exclusive fullscreen also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA is forced on.[20] See Anti-aliasing (AA) for a workaround. Additionally, sharpening is forced on, see Disable sharpening. Optional up to 2.0x SSAA can be set. Values less than 1.0x can be used via changing the 'SuperSampling' string in regedit. Change it to 500 for 50% rendering, 600 for 60%, etc.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 3.1, FSR 2.1, XeSS 1.2
[21] Received DLSS Frame Generation support through a patch on January 26, 2023.[22]Received XeSS 1.2 support through a patch on October 26th, 2023.[23]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Force enabled on AMD cards while benchmarking[24]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Limited to exclusive full screen mode. Resets to Off if launched in borderless.[25]
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray-traced sun shadows and reflections.

Disable sharpening

Compared to HITMAN 2, Hitman World of Assassination does not provide an option to disable its sharpening feature in the in-game options menu and forces its dynamic sharpening implementation on at all times at its previous High setting.[26]
Disable sharpening by setting its strength to zero[26]
  1. Open Windows Registry Editor.
  2. Got to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IO Interactive\HITMAN3 and locate the SharpeningStrength registry key.
  3. Change its value from the default of 2 to 0 to fully disable sharpening.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

  1. Download the latest version of fixes.
  2. Copy Hitman3.NoTAA\Hitman3.NoTAA.asi and dinput8.dll in the game folder HITMAN3\Retail
The game can now be launched regularly from its executable. Upon startup, a configuration file Hitman3.NoTAA.ini will be created, and can be used to enable again TAA or tune the sharpening filter.
The edges of objects will exhibit jittering. It is recommended to use Reshade to add FXAA or SMAA to minimise this effect.


Keyboard and mouse settings.
Keyboard and mouse settings.
Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
If multiple controllers are connected and the active one is unplugged, any remaining controller must be unplugged and replugged for it to be picked up as active again.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Including full support for DualSense, works only via USB
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
it does change the shape, but not the color
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Tracked motion controllers
Oculus Touch, Valve Index, and Vive Cosmos controllers officially supported. HTC Vive controllers are also compatible.[27]
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Only first connected controller can be used
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Language settings.
Language settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Effects, Music, Dialogue
Surround sound
Size option
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added with the 3.50 patch.[28]
Traditional Chinese
Added with the 3.50 patch.[28]
Added with the 3.50 patch.[28]
Fan translation, download mirror.
Added with the 3.50 patch.[28] Fan translation is also available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
2 Versus
Via the Ghost Mode mod. Steam only (includes free demo). No matchmaking is available, you must invite your opponent manually.

Connection types

Type Native Notes

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Oculus VR (LibOVR)
Oculus Quest and Quest 2 supported via Oculus Link.[29]
Windows Mixed Reality
Use Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR.
Tracked motion controllers
Oculus Touch, Valve Index, and Vive Cosmos controllers officially supported. HTC Vive controllers are also compatible.[27]
See Input for details.
Traditional controller
See Input for details.
Mouse and keyboard are functional but some actions don't seem to work.
Play area

Issues fixed

Can't launch the game after a BSOD/hardware failure

When your computer encounters a BSOD (for whatever reason), there is a small chance that the shader cache of the game will become corrupted. When that happens, it is no longer possible to start the game.
Clear game's shader cache pipeline[30]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\IO Interactive\HITMAN3
  2. Remove both PipelineCache.bin and PipelineLibrary.bin files.
  3. Start the game.
These files will reappear after a shader compilation.

Stuttering when mirrors are displayed

The game may hitch shortly every time a mirror is visible on-screen.[31] This bug was introduced with the May 24th 2022 (3.110) Ray Tracing update[32].
Workaround: disable DXR (Ray Tracing) at driver level[33]
Disables all ray-traced reflections.
  1. Download the latest version of Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Start Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  3. Load Hitman 3 profile.
  4. Set Enable DXR (Ray Tracing) to DXR Disabled.
  5. Apply changes (top right button).
Set Mirrors Reflection Quality to "Off"[citation needed]
Disables all mirrors.

Running stutters when moving foward using steam input

Using Steam input's controller support can cause issues with Hitman's 3 default deadzones, causing a "stutter" like feel in the controls when moving fowards or backwards.
Enable deadzone configuration or calibration through Steam input[citation needed]
  1. Right click on the game in your Steam library and go to Manage.
  2. Click on Controller layout and then on Joystick Move for the left joystick you use to move in-game.
  3. Go to Additional Settings and under Enable Deadzone choose configuration or calibration, assuming you have calibrated the deadzone through Steam input in the past.
  4. Close the Steam controller configurator & start the game.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX v3.4.1.0
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Input libScePad, 3DRudder libScePad (v1.0.4.1) includes support for DualSense, 3DRudder v0.2.0.4
Cutscenes CRI Movie

Epic Games Store Start the game in standalone mode

When used standalone, the game will skip login to Epic Games, dismiss online warnings, and launch straight into offline mode.
Create an offline shortcut[17]
  1. Create a desktop shortcut of <path-to-game>/Retail/HITMAN3.exe.
  2. Go to the Properties of this created shortcut, and add the following line at the end of the Target URL: -EpicPortal -epicuserid=EPIC_USER_ID, and replace EPIC_USER_ID with your actual Epic User ID. The Epic User ID can be found at the top of the Epic Personal Account Settings page.
If only playing in Standalone mode is desired, it is not necessary to use a real Epic User ID, as, in this state, the game does not try to confirm its legitimacy via the internet, and the ID you enter for the shortcut is merely used for creating a save folder on your hard drive, and can be any random string of letters, symbols and numbers.[34]
Use -epiclocale= to change the default locale of the game; acceptable values are en, fr, it, de, es, ru, ja, zh-CN and zh-Hant.


For a comprehensive list of mods (last updated in 2023), head here.

Modding Tools

  • The Simple Mod Framework is a modding tool that aims to make mod installation as easy and conflict-free as possible.
  • LocalGhost can be used with the Ghost Mode mod to play the mode on the game's Steam version. Some LocalGhost servers also offer other content, such as HITMAPS In-Game Roulette. Creating your own server is also possible.


Miscellaneous Mods

  • The Peacock Project is an alternative way to experience the game online by using a server replacement instead of connecting to official IOI servers. Features include moderated leaderboards, playing custom and discontinued content such as legacy escalations and all Elusive Targets. Features a mastery system, but also has an option to allow for everything to be unlocked. Peacock is a highly customized implementation of LocalGhost.
  • Lighting Ultimate changes bloom levels and disables most post processing effects used in the levels. Also has an option to change the lighting of H2016 maps to their pre-GOTY versions.
  • Better Bloom Mod turns down all the bloom to more reasonable values in the games’ levels, as well as tweaking other aspects of the sky, such as the suns’ intensity, without altering game's art style too much.
  • Heritage UI aims to improve HITMAN 3's UI by improving menu flow, ability to enable 2016-style objective text, as well as mini-map readability changes. Features can be toggled on and off based on the user's preferences.
  • Hitman 2016 Movement aims to recreate slower 2016-style movement, that was sped up in HITMAN 3 by speeding up the animations of 47.
  • Face Variations allows to change 47's face model to the one from any previous game, that was based on Glacier 2 engine.
  • The Great Big Localisation Revamp cuts down on generic, mis-spelled, or otherwise unfitting names and descriptions for items, weapons and suits that can be viewed via the in-game inventory.
  • Mission Accomplished - Featured Contracts Tile adds a tile to the Featured Contracts Mission Accomplished screen after completing a featured contract.
  • Random Targets adds a random target mode to each vanilla game location: eliminate 1-4 NPCs picked at random at the start of the mission.

Offline Mode Mods

These mods add additional offline features to the game that make offline play worthwhile.

Custom Mission Mods

  • Chongqing Noodle Massacre Adds new bonus mission to offline mode, a remake of the Codename 47/Contracts Missions "The Massacre at the Cheung Chau Fish Restaurant"/"The Noodle Massacre"

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K
AMD Phenom II X4 940
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. About - Mi'pu'mi Games - last accessed on 2022-10-05
    "Our team assisted IO Interactive in the areas of gameplay, engine, tools, online, and UI programming."
  2. [1] - last accessed on 2023-05-31
  3. Hitman 3 Physics vs. Hitman 2 Physics - Bear Game Asia - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-05
  4. Hitman 3 vs Hitman 2 | Direct Comparison - Nick930 - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  5. Hitman 3 Tech Review: Next-Gen Enhancements + The Glacier Engine Evolved - Digital Foundry - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  6. Hitman vs. Hitman 2 vs. Hitman 3 | Downgrade Evolution? - Bear Gaming Asia - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  7. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-01-04
    In Hitman 2, Hitman's pre-rendered cutscenes look significantly worse with color banding, compression artifacts and less clarity. This is also visible in Hitman World of Assassination.
  8. Hitman 2 vs Hitman | Direct Comparison - Nick930 - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  9. [4K] Hitman 2 vs 1 Engine Graphics Upgrade! - IO Interactive Improves Its Tech - Digital Foundry - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  10. Hitman 3 vs. Hitman 1 | Downgrade? - Bear Game Asia - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-05
  11. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-01-04
    Own all three trilogy games on Steam, install sizes are counted with all DLC, legacy packs and access passes with the latest updates as of January 4, 2023.
  12. How Hitman 3's devs shrank the entire trilogy install size by over 80GB - PCGamer - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  13. Verified by User:Tenbeat on 2021-01-22
    Verified by disconnecting from internet, though there are no elusive targets yet. Same restrictions as Hitman 2016 and Hitman 2.
  14. 14.0 14.1 HITMAN 3 to become ‘World of Assassination’ - last accessed on 2023-01-03
  15. Access Pass Guide / Location Importing – HITMAN 3 Player Support - last accessed on 2023-03-11
  16. [2] - last accessed on 2023-05-31
  17. 17.0 17.1 Verified by User:Dribbleondo on 2023-03-14
    Game does not require Epic or IOI's servers to work, albeit with limited functionality; only access to the levels is provided, with other caveats listed at the top of the page applying.
  18. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-05
    No Linux and/or macOS ports are available on Steam or anywhere for that matter. Also hasn't been announced by IOI.
  19. Hitman 3: Progression Carryover
  20. Hitman 3 on PC Is to Die For | Attack of the Fanboy
  21. HITMAN 3 - October Patch Notes - last accessed on 2022-10-06
  22. Marvel’s Midnight Suns NVIDIA DLSS 3 Game Ready Driver Released - last accessed on 2023-01-24
  23. HITMAN - October Patch Notes - last accessed on 2023-10-26
  24. Twitter - @Dachsjaeger - last accessed on 2021-11-14
    "...Hitman 3 on AMD 6800xt turns on Vsync when benchmarking in borderless window with Vsync off (but has Vsync off in load screens and menu)"
  25. Verified by User:13xforever1 on 2021-01-21
    It's easy to test with in-game settings, when you switch to Fullscreen, HDR menu option disappears.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Is there a way to turn off dynamic sharpening in H3 on PC? - Reddit - last accessed on 2023-01-05
  27. IOI Support - PC VR - HITMAN 3 Player Support - last accessed on 2022-06-27
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 HITMAN 3 - July Patch Notes - last accessed on 2023-08-12
  29. IOI Support - PC VR - HITMAN 3 Player Support - last accessed on 2022-06-27
  30. Game won't start anymore - last accessed on 2021-11-15
  31. Verified by User:Cn9740 on 2022-07-23
  32. HITMAN 3 – May Patch Notes - last accessed on 2022-11-14
  33. Mirrors reflection stuttering fix - last accessed on 2022-11-14
  34. zyRwpmC.png - Imgur - last accessed on 2023-03-15